May 7 – 8 2019

Best Practices Conference 2019

Edmonton Convention Centre (Edmonton AB)

“The world is changing very fast. Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow.”

The Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) held another efficacious two-day conference this past May, bringing in close to 500 attendees. COAA’s 27th Best Practices Conference focused on a theme of Digitalization this year – focusing on the future of the industrial construction industry. Those in attendance included the organization’s board, member companies, industry partners and stakeholders and more. As no surprise, the two-days were packed with informative discussions, engaging presentations and effective networking. Once again, proving to be one of the most valuable and high-regarded events of the year.

  • 18 Technical Best Practices Committee Workshops to chose from
  • Presentation of the 2019 Construction Performance Award to PCL Industrial Management
  • Digitalization Plenary Session with COAA Owner Representatives
  • Keynote Presentation brought by Sandy Martin on Digital Transformation from the Owner’s Vantage Point
  • Kick-off Discussion with COAA’s newest committee Future Leaders of Industrial Construction (FLIC)
  • Success Story Implementation presentation from Suncor and Ledcor Representatives
  • So…much…more!

Interested in seeing the full agenda? Click here to download the conference program

Conference Day I kicked the afternoon off with a Safety & Productivity Moment brought by Steven Peplinski from Shell Scotford, followed by a report from the COAA Board and an update on the organization’s strategic direction and mention of long-standing partners. The afternoon continued with a COAA Owner’s Panel Discussion on Digitalization that produced great dialogue and audience engagement. Representatives on the panel were from Cenovus Energy, Enbridge Pipelines, Construction Industry Institute and Shell Scotford. After dinner, and of course more networking, it was time for the well-deserved award presentations.

This year’s Don Currie Award was presented to a well-deserving 2nd time recipient – Mr. Neil Tidsbury, president and CEO of Construction Labour Relations – Alberta (CLRA). This annual award recognizes individuals in the industry whose dedicated service has contributed to the long-term success of COAA.


The second award of the evening was presented to PCL Industrial Management, for their nomination of Optimizing the Interdependent Module Supply Chain. This year’s 2019 award theme was Construction Performance, recognizing companies who have provided outstanding leadership in developing, implementing and improving industry best practices, ultimately leading to measurable advances in project, company or industry performance.


The evening concluded with a keynote presentation from Sandy Martin, Vice President of Digital Enterprise Technology at Suncor Energy who shared his knowledge and expertise on Digital Transformation.



Day II of the conference began bright and early with another great Safety & Productivity Moment from Dan Foraie of Suncor Energy, and led right into the first plenary session of the day; a kick-off discussion with COAA’s newest committee – FLIC. FLIC is comprised of younger members from the industry’s best and brightest employees with the drive and energy to make change.

Click here to learn more about FLIC and how to get involved.

Another great plenary session was brought to the conference from BuildForce Canada that provided COAA members and those in attendance insight on the strategic importance of workforce supply and demand. The afternoon continued on with networking breaks in amongst a variety of workshops, ranging from the topics of: Physical Demands Analysis to Innovations in Capital Project Delivery to Workforce Development in a Technologically Changing World. All were well attended, and the feedback received was invaluable.

What best practices or ideas can you implement to make your project or your company even safer and more productive? Twice as Safe, Twice as Productive is not going to happen by itself – each of us must take the lead to drive towards that goal. The board and staff at COAA extend their sincere appreciation to everyone who attended, participated and sponsored the conference. Our continued success would not be possible without you.

Interested in seeing the presentations from the workshops? Click here or on any link below!

Linkable Presentations from BP2019

Plenary Sessions